The U.S. Capitol is both one of the most recognizable symbols of democracy in the world and a working office building. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries.
The best way to enter the Capitol is through the Capitol Visitor Center, which is the newest addition to the historical complex. The facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol, on First Street and East Capitol Street NE. The Capitol Visitor Center is a tremendous resource that contains maps and brochures, exhibits and helpful tips for planning your visit.
The Capitol is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tours of the Capitol are free, but tour passes are required. There are a couple of ways to book a tour of the Capitol:
Visitors are also welcome to visit the galleries of the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers when either body is in session. My office is happy to provide you with the required gallery passes.
- My office offers staff-led tours of the Capitol on weekdays for constituents. To request a tour through my office, please click here. Please submit your tour request at least one month before your trip to Washington, D.C.
- The Capitol Visitor Center also offers public tours from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Saturday. These tours, which last about an hour, can be booked directly through the Capitol Visitor Center at this link.